I’m the first to be sceptical when it comes to weight loss programmes and even more sceptical about encouraging you brides to loose weight before your big day.
However, I know many brides-to-be all want to look toned and trim at their wedding.
My advice to you who want to do that is to head to the gym. However, there’s also a new weight loss craze out there, which is tea. All you have to do is drink the tea and the weight drops off. I’ve seen a few ads for these and for investigation purposes had a look, but they try and catch you out by offering one batch free and sending you another batch. If you don’t like it you can send the batch back but it’s in China and you have to give your card details before you can get your hands on these.
However, one company that promises to be different is Tava Tea. I’ll be trying this out to let you know how the results go but for the meantime here’s the science bit.
The tea is an organically steamed blend of Sencha, Wuyi Cliff Oolong and Puerh teas which could be the answer for those battling the bulge.
Celebs have already caught on to this growing trend with Victoria Beckham, Courtney Cox, Paris Hilton, Usher, Oprah Winfrey and Jessica Simpson all known to favour the brew.
The tea works by reducing the fattening effects of the carbohydrates you eat by lowering your insulin levels.
Scientists at the Suntory Research Center in Osaka, Japan, have found that drinking Wuyi Cliff Oolong tea just 15 minutes before consuming carbs helps to lower the insulin spike you normally get.
Insulin is the hormone responsible for storing your body’s fat so when you eat too many carbs weight goes up due to the increase in insulin levels.
The tea, known as Tava Tea, also claims to promote well being and reverse the signs of aging.
Dr Tim Thurlings from Tava Tea said: “Every bride should feel fabulous on their big day and getting in to that extra special dress can play a big part.
“The blends of tea we use are proven to have positive effects when it comes to losing weight and promoting feelings of well being, so you can look and feel great as you walk down the aisle.
“All the tea is 100% organic so there is no danger of nasty pesticides being present and the blends are completely natural, nothing is added to them.
“It’s one of the healthiest beverages you can drink as it contains the polyphenols that act as antioxidants against free radicals in the body. Damaging free radicals are responsible for the aging process.”
A study by Dr. Kenichi Yanagimoto in 2004 found damaging free radicals were reduced by 50% in just 15 days in Wuyi Cliff Oolong tea drinkers.
In the same year, another study showed test subjects who drank the tea were found to have a stronger immune system and a significantly lower risk of infections.
Puerh tea contains polyphenols which help protect the body against a whole host of diseases.
It is known to help lower blood cholesterol levels and aids in the proper digestion of food and may help inhibit the formation and growth of cancer cells.
Sencha contains a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are beneficial to the body, making it less likely to suffer from cancer and heart disease and other degenerative illnesses.
Dr Thurlings continued: “Losing weight by drinking a cup of tea really couldn’t be easier. Each tea bag can be used in a pot up to eight times with each brew tasting slightly different as the flavours develop. All you need to do is make a pot of tea, put your feed up and enjoy the taste sensation time and time again.
“We are not saying this is a miracle cure for obesity. However, studies have proved that it does work in helping people lose weight and in increasing a sense of general well being. Who would have thought a cuppa could have such life changing effects?”
Let us know what you think brides-to-be and I’ll be telling you about my experiences as soon as I can get my kettle to boil.